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v. in·dulged, in·dulg·ing, in·dulg·es
a. To yield to (a desire or whim); gratify: indulge a craving for chocolate.
b. To yield to the desires or whims of (someone), often excessively: We indulged our daughter on her birthday. See Synonyms at pamper.
2. Roman Catholic Church To grant an ecclesiastical indulgence or dispensation to.
1. To indulge oneself: eyed the desserts but didn't indulge.
2. To engage or take part, especially freely or avidly: indulged in outrageous behavior; indulged in all the latest fads.

[Latin indulgēre; see dlegh- in Indo-European roots.]

in·dulg′er n.
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They suggest that, in order to cure an addiction, "you must heal and transform both the Inner Controller and the Indulger.
The first he describes as the "Emotional Indulger," a group that represents 46% of in-store bakery purchases and is motivated by pure indulgence and craving.
The grant has enabled us to utilise only the highest quality fittings and fixtures in the new suites, which will further enhance the visitor experience, and provided us with the confidence to continue to market the property towards the important indulger market from interstate and overseas, Mr Comley said.
Today's California--reckless spender in the booms, feckless cutter in the busts, thoughtless booster of every bubble, mindless indulger of spoiled interest groups, and senseless elector of weak public officials--looks wan and sickly.
1466), canon regular and humanist scholar, critic of churchmen and indulger of genteel pleasures, champion of the Greek New Testament and advocate of a moralizing philosophy of Christ, is sometimes said to have lacked the courage or decisiveness to choose, to go Catholic or Protestant during the last fifteen years of his life.
It's a chocoholic's dream and not bad for the casual indulger, too.
Which festival is recognised in many parts ol the world as the last opportunity for indulger before the start of Lent?
McWilliams chooses this sensible new locution to avoid the sophistry over the alleged "victims" of victimless crimes, such as the upset relatives or those who can no longer count on the continued support of the indulger.
On the one hand is "Pete the Personal Indulger," who loves to buy fine jewelry for himself, taking time to select just the right piece for his adornment.
Indulging: The indulger likes to kick off her shoes, snuggle up on the sofa and enjoy a well-earned glass of gin and tonic or Bailey's after a long day at the office.
Greetings to all us grandmothers, we band of lovesick indulgers whose ability to say 'no' seems to be disabled the day our grandbabies are born.